• 10% Challenge Campaign
  • Walking the Talk at Melissa’s
  • Omega Center for Sustainable Living - courtesy of Omega Institute
  • People’s Climate March 350,000 strong

Climate change is the challenge of our era.
Dealing with it dynamically can be the economic engine of a lifetime.

Sustainable Hudson Valley's mission is to speed up the shift to a low-carbon economy with high quality of life for all, by bringing people together with knowledge, tools, community and a sense of the possible.

Research shows that people are best able to deal with the climate crisis, and take action, when they are invited into a conversation about the local implications of a changing climate, from extreme weather to food security; when the call to action is based on values (not narrow self-interest or the illusion of convenience); and when they are part of a group conversation which helps bring home the reality to participants and allows them to make and witness commitments to action. We engage communities in “wake-up conversations” to establish a climate action pathway that plays to each community’s strengths and promotes visible transformation.


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Mid-Hudson Solar Initiative

Solar power makes all the sense in the world for households and businesses now. The Mid-Hudson Solar Initiative is a drive to break through policy barriers and build the marketplace using strategies that have sharply scaled up solar in nearby states. We’ve helped bring in the training and consulting resources of the NY-SUN PV Trainers Network [.pdf] for workshops on solar-friendly local policies and land use strategies (Presentation by Mark Lowery, Climate Policy Analyst [.pdf]). And we are gearing up to launch Solarize Hudson Valley, a breakthrough approach that makes it easier and more affordable to go solar.

Crowd-fund this!

Great news! We are funded by NYSERDA to roll out Solarize and an installer apprenticeship program as part of Catskill Mountainkeeper’s $1.875M Renewable New York initiative.

Read the press release

Listen to Melissa Everett and Seth Leitman on WDST Radio

We are finalizing scope and timeline with NYSERDA and expect to launch this spring.  To find out how your community can participate, email solarizeinfo@sustainhv.org

Learn What We're Up To

Find out more about Sustainable Hudson Valley:

Read our strategic plan [.pdf]

Water and economic development - beyond extraction:

Sustainable Water Management brings economic opportunities in its own right. While Kingston grapples with the possible sale of Cooper Lake water, SHV is investigating the kind of economy we could build by being serious about protecting our waters.

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Catskill Stream

Photo: Wayne Fawbush

Mid-Hudson Eco-Districts Initiative

Accelerating sustainability requires moving beyond demonstration projects and re-making the built environments we live in to create low-carbon, high-quality living and working. This means we need strategies for scaling, attracting investment, and getting many more people involved

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Hold the Date: April 10, 2015

Regional conference with Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions.

Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism Solutions

Registration fee: $75 includes a delicious lunch, $65 if you register before March 15, 2015.

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Our working group on using solar power with art and design to transform public spaces. Led by volunteer Gail Lennstrom, we are starting in Kingston as part of the city’s renewables strategy.

Catskill Center & MARK Project Solar-Art Project

Photo: Derrick McConnell

John Wackman cycled 70 miles a day for SHV in The Climate Ride.

John Wackman, Climate Ride
On Sept. 6, 2014, all 110 Climate Riders rode the final 80-some miles into Chicago, 4 days out of Grand Rapids.

Cannot figure out how I felt so good. Or maybe I can.

The comraderie was extraordinary. The route was fascinating. No one would have dared predict our weather: 4 blue sky/white cloud days in the 70s. 3 beautiful church camps in a row for our overnights. Logistical support that was experienced & savvy. Memorable programs each evening. And Nathaniel and Shewanna were there at the finish line to welcome me in!

The experiences we exchanged each day along the ride, and the talks we heard each evening, were a combination of discouraging and encouraging. We are handing our children and grandchildren a hard set of circumstances.

This ride - these 110 riders - raised a little over $400,000 dollars and a lot of awareness.

It was a great experience, and I deeply appreciate the support and good will I received from all of you.